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Spry-Ball pinball

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:20 am
by junior
Hi, I came across this Spry Ball today. I would be grateful for any information on this machine. It doesn't work. Can you tell me what's missing, age? It's on 1d, Midland Components, Ltd., Coventry, Patents Pending - that's all I've got. Help !PUZZLED!

Re: SPRY-BALL pin ball

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:26 am
by widget2k4
No picture?

Re: SPRY-BALL pin ball

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:41 am
by junior
That would help,

Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 12:03 pm
by pennymachines
Here's the IPDB page:
Made 1933... 10 balls for 1 English penny. The game pictured here is missing its legs and a stick of wood was later attached to the cabinet bottom to provide playfield slant. The cabinet measures 32 inches long (not including the ball plunger assembly), 20 inches wide, and 14 inches high at the front end.
It appears to be a British clone of Keeney & Son's very popular Rainbo pinball of 1932, with exactly the same playfield layout. I used to have a different British clone of this game, which even imitated Rainbo's paintwork.

Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:02 am
by junior
Spry-Ball is now working. Only 6 balls not 10. Thanks for information.

Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:51 pm
by briggal1
Hi

Do you have any photos of the mechanism to explain how this works?

I like building replicas and this would be a great machine to replicate for my grandchildren.

Any photos and info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:44 am
by slotey
Strange, an identical machine was on the repair shop yesterday, you wait for ages, then two turn up.

Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Posted: Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:46 pm
by pennymachines
briggal1 wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:51 pm
Do you have any photos of the mechanism to explain how this works?
These are quite simple, the most complex bit being the ball lift mechanism. There is a nice video showing an isolated mechanism in detail here: Fun with Pinball
See Ball Lift (Requires Flash Player)

ball-lift.gif
The other part is releasing all the balls upon insertion of a coin. The easiest (and usual) way to achieve this is with an Essex (or similar) coin acceptor. This device will allow the player to push the lower ball trap to the open position (against a spring) upon insertion of a suitable coin.

Re: Spry-Ball pinball

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:23 pm
by cait001
These are the most basic of coin-operated bagatelles with countless variants and bootleg versions. They can be had rather cheaply, but also are fun things to try and build oneself, whether with nails on a board or with Lego or other construction toys.